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Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, offshore drilling programme

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Kosmos Energy Ltd had planned to drill up to five exploration wells to determine the presence of hydrocarbons in offshore Mauritania, which lead to major discoveries (Tortue-1, Ahmeyim-2 and Marsouin-1).

RPS conducted the Environmental Impact Assessment of their proposed drilling campaign to obtain the required Environmental Permit and two Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) to satisfy their internal requirements.

Project name
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, offshore drilling programme

Client
Kosmos Energy

Location
Offshore Mauritania

Services provided

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Social Impact Assessment
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Solution

The permitting process included submission of proposed Terms of Reference validated during a meeting with the Direction du Contrôle Environnemental (directorate of Environmental Control), public consultations in Keur Macene and Nouakchott, EIA write-up and submission followed by disclosure during a formal public consultation process.

To support the SIAs, primary social baseline data was acquired during field visits to communities settled between north of Nouakchott and along the coastal Dune to N’Diago near the Senegal Border.

We utilised in-depth knowledge of local stakeholders and our established relationships with local consultancies and Marine Research Centre to gather recent baseline information. Our project team was led by a native French speaker who conducted the consultations in-country.

The SIA field work enabled us to:

  • Supplement and verify the data collected from secondary sources
  • Provide an overview of the baseline socio-economic conditions
  • Confirm the presence of artisanal marine fishing activity in the proximity of the drilling sites
  • Characterise the importance of artisanal and coastal marine fishing

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EIAs, 2 SIAs and TOR validation meetings

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Public consultations

130

people participated in group meetings or individual interviews

14

day field trip to engage with coastal communities

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